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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    "Respect!"

    I believe it is more conducive to go into this blind, so I'll keep this review short. Bong Joon-ho has managed to capture all the complexity of our present moment in time and spit it back out at us in multidimensional form. It all flew by so quickly, that as soon as it ended, I just wanted to experience the whole thing over again. There have been so many extraordinary films to drop this year, but Parasite deserves the most buzz. If you only go out to the theater once this year, make it this one.

  • Joker

    Joker

    "I'm not political. I'm just trying to make people laugh."

    For Todd Phillips to say that his Joker movie is not political only affirms his position as Schrodinger's douchebag. Whether he likes it or not, all art is political, and a film centered on a man's struggle with mental illness and subsequent turn to violence, set to the backdrop of class warfare is categorically political. The protesters around the world who have adopted the Joker as a symbol of their…

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★½

    Propaganda exceptionally well directed is still propaganda.

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    There's no shark, it's all a hoax. Everybody keeps talking about the shark, but you know, China has a very big shark problem. You should ask them about their numbers. And Cryin' Chief Brody wants to shut the beaches down. Bad idea! Our beaches are VERY SAFE, never been SAFER. Amity Island in GREAT SHAPE!

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I used to think this was the beginning of my review. Memory is a strange thing.

    I love the atmosphere this film has. Everything is shrouded in mystery, enveloped in mist. Denis Villeneuve uses such a gentle touch to convey his story, through the viewpoint of Louise. Just as in Sicario we learned with Emily Blunt's character, so do we learn things here with Louise. Amy Adams has such a complete ownership of her role, using emotion as her universal…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★½

    "It's official old buddy. I'm a has-been."

    It's been said that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is basically Pulp Fiction in 1969 LA. And while it has all the flair of a hallmark Tarantino joint, I found the film to be antithetical to Pulp Fiction, particularly the ending. The veteran director is very much still on his game, recreating Golden Age Hollywood at its' close in a way unlike anyone else could. Everything from driving through Hollywood hills to…